East County Sports

Former Knight leads Master’s past Hawks



ECS staff report

SANTA CLARITA – Last autumn, when the Denver Nuggets captured their season opener in Portland, it snapped the Trail Blazers’ NBA record of 18 consecutive victories in home openers.

San Diego Christian College knows what it’s like facing a similar streak in college basketball.

On Friday (Dec. 5), a late Hawks rally fell short, falling to 19th-ranked The Master’s University, 77-68, in a non-conference contest between Golden State Athletic Conference rivals at MacArthur Center.

The triumph was the school-record 15th consecutive home-court victory on opening night for the Mustangs (2-0). SDCC remains winless in three starts, the past two against nationally-ranked competition. The squads will see each other again when GSAC play commences in January with a two-game series in San Diego County.

Red-shirt freshman Kaleb Lowery, a former Foothills Christian Knight, scored a team-high 19 points, helping the Mustangs. The 6-foot-8 post player also had 11 rebounds, four assists, and four blocks. Sophomore Jay Turley added 17 points, connecting on a trio of three-pointers in the first half.

Freshman Caden Starr rounded out the Mustangs in double figures with 12 points. Jordan Starr added nine points, 13 rebounds, and five assists.

“I was happy tonight to see the student-athletes on both teams have a chance to compete,” said The Master’s head coach Kelvin Starr, who once coached the Hawks and Christian High School.  “I like the unselfish play of our team. The ball moved well for most of the game.”

San Diego Christian trailed at halftime, 39-26, once down by 19 points with seven minutes left before intermission. However, the visitors rallied to make it a ballgame by forcing 21 turnovers from the Mustangs, as the Hawks closed the deficit to single-digits in the final minutes before Starr knocked down all four of his free throws to put the game away.

For the Hawks, Teyden Gause led in scoring with 16 points, including a trio of 3-points. The guard also added seven assists and six rebounds.

In addition, Riley Blea posted 13 points before fouling out, while Jermaine Camacho delivered 10 points and a team-high eight boards.

The Master’s has now captured 18 of the past 20 meetings with the Hawks.

San Diego Christian continues its three-game road trip with a rare Friday afternoon (Dec. 12) contest at La Sierra University in Riverside. Tip-off is at 2 p.m.

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